New Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City will soon have a newly built $4.2 billion terminal. The financing and lease deal had closed and environmental approval by the Federal Aviation Administration is secured for the new 10-gate, 1.2 million square foot Terminal 6.
The terminal expected to handle its first passengers in 2026 ahead of final completion in 2028.This project is the final piece of the $18 billion JFK Vision plan to get underway.
The new Terminal 6 is a public-private partnership between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK Millennium Partners – a consortium that includes Vantage Airport Group, an industry leading investor, developer, and manager of award-winning global airport projects, including LaGuardia Terminal B; American Triple I, a certified minority-owned investor, owner, developer, and manager of infrastructure assets; New York real estate operating company RXR; and JetBlue Airways.
In addition to JetBlue, Lufthansa Group will also make its home in the new Terminal 6, operating international flights out of several gates and creating a world-class lounge experience for guests travelling on its airlines, which include Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines.
The new Terminal 6 will have 10 gates, including nine wide body gates, and will connect seamlessly to JetBlue’s Terminal 5. Terminal 7’s current primary tenant, British Airways will move to a modernized and expanded Terminal 8 later this year, and the 60-year-old Terminal 7 will be demolished after the first phase of Terminal 6 is completed. The connected terminals spanning the current T6 and T7 sites will create an anchor for passenger travel on JFK’s north side.
Arrivals and departures halls will be spacious, bright and airy thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings throughout the new terminal. Inspiring public art by New York-based artists and architectural elements depicting New York landmarks will create a unique sense of place. Passengers will enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of world-class shopping and dining featuring locally-based restaurateurs, craft beverage options and Taste NY stores.
State-of-the-art technology will improve the customer experience with touchless technology from check-in to gates and digital systems that will streamline the passenger journey throughout the terminal. Advanced security systems will include automated TSA security lanes, biometric-based access control systems and a flexible design to accommodate future technology and/or regulatory changes. A convenient taxi plaza as well as designated for-hire vehicle pick-up areas will be shared with Terminal 5, substantially reducing traffic congestion.
The Port Authority will also commit $130 million in capital funding to build enabling infrastructure for the new Terminal 6, including airside improvements and utility enhancements such as electrical support for the project.